Indiana Rep. listed in critical condition after Mackinac County motorcycle accident
MARQUETTE — One of the top-ranking Republicans in the Indiana Statehouse, Rep. Timothy Brown, is in critical condition after suffering serious injuries in a motorcycle crash on U.S. 2 in Mackinac County.
The accident occurred near Boulevard Drive in Moran Township around 10:57 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Michigan State Police.
Authorities said the investigation shows that the motorcycle, driven by Brown, 62, of Crawfordsville, Indiana, was eastbound on U.S. 2 when it was struck by an SUV that pulled into the path of Brown’s motorcycle.
The Associated Press reports that Brown, who serves as the House Ways and Means chairman, was on a trip with fellow GOP state Rep. Mike Speedy when the SUV pulled out in front of him, Republican Speaker Brian Bosma said in a statement.
Speedy, of Indianapolis, was uninjured. But Brown was thrown from his motorcycle in the crash, according to the AP.
Brown was transported to the Mackinac Straits Health System in St. Ignace for treatment of multiple injuries, according to a state police press, but was later transported to a medical facility in the Lower Peninsula for treatment of his injuries. Brown is currently listed in critical condition, according to police.
Speedy told the Indianapolis Business Journal that Brown was in a medically induced coma and would be treated at an unnamed hospital in Ann Arbor and said the accident occurred near the Mackinac Bridge, the AP reports.
“Out of respect for Tim’s family, we cannot confirm any details about his condition at this time,” Bosma said in the statement. “Tim is an invaluable member of our leadership team, a dedicated public servant and one of my most cherished friends. Our prayers are with him, his family and Rep. Speedy.”
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said in a statement that he was praying for Brown, the AP reported.
“In addition to being a public servant and an extraordinary leader, Dr. Tim Brown is a fighter,” Holcomb said. “Janet and I are praying for his recovery and ask Hoosiers across the state to join us.”
The AP reported that Brown, a retired emergency room physician, has served in the Indiana Legislature since 1994.
Brown has long been a motorcycle enthusiast and often posts photos to social media of his bug-splattered Harley Davidson from scenic locations during lengthy rides. He is married and also has four daughters.
As chairman of the House Ways and Means committee, he has had a considerable degree of influence in Republicans’ legislative accomplishments, including last year’s massive road funding plan. He was previously chairman of the Public Health Committee and the Statutory Committee on Ethics.
The driver of the SUV, a 67-year-old from Rogers City whose name is not being released at this time, was not injured in the crash, according to police.
Weather and alcohol were not believed to be factors in the crash, but it remains under investigation as of this morning, police said.
Traffic rerouted around the scene of the crash for several hours while investigators processed the scene, according to police.
Troopers from the Michigan State Police St. Ignace and Sault Ste. Marie posts were assisted by the Mackinac County Sheriff’s Department, the St. Ignace Police Department, the St. Ignace Fire Department, Straits Area EMS, and the Michigan Department of Transportation, the release states.